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incorporated 1753

Worcester County 

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My name is HELEN BARNES and I am the person responsible for SPENCER MASS., WORCESTER COUNTY. If you would like to contribute your information to this page, please let me know. If you would like to volunteer for a county in Massachusetts, contact Betty Thomas

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A Brief History of Spencer

Rich in history, Spencer is located in central Worcester County, twenty minutes west of Worcester via Route 9, and about forty-five minutes form Springfield via Routes 49, 20, and the Massachusetts Turnpike.Settled in 1717 by Nathaniel Wood, Spencer was incorporated as a town in 1753. It has been established as a district from a part of Leicester. Its name was assigned by Lieutenant Governor Spencer Phipps who had signed the order establishing the district.In 1784 Spencer was a major stopping place on the Old Boston Post Roadís stage route between Boston and Hartford, and on to New York. Passengers changed stages in Spencer, as one coach would come from Boston and connect with one coming north from Hartford. Each stagecoach would turn around and return whence it came. Travelers often stopped for the night at Jenkís Tavern in Spencer, as did General Henry Knox pushed his cannons through the streets of the town on his way to Boston from Ticonderoga, and George Washington in 1789.When the war of Independence broke out in 1774 it found Spencer ready to take part in it. Fifty-six men under Captain Ebenezer Mason immediately set out to Boston. Many of these men later took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Three hundred and thirteen Spencer men are known to have served in the Civil War. Thirty-two lost their lives in the service of their country.Spencerís first mill was built in 1740 on Seven-Mile River, the greatest source of waterpower in the town. In 1811, Josiah Green began making shoes, and in 1834 he built a factory. The Prouty family began to make shoes in 1820, and built their factory in 1855. In 1812, Elliot Prouty had begun to "draw" wire in a mill he had built. His business flourished in his family until 1916, when it merged with Wickwire Steel Co. At one time, Spencer had eleven factories and twenty-six buildings for wire drawing. In 1839, the town hall was constructed and eighteen years later, Denny Hall, the town's first high school, was built. In 1888-1889, four prominent citizen (David Prouty, Richard Sugden, Luther Hill and Nathaniel Myrick) presented the town with a new high school, a library, a public park and the Spencer Agricultural Fair Grounds. The Howe family of Spencer did much to make the town famous in the annals of ingenious Americans. William Howe of Spencer developed a wooden truss bridge named for him, and his brother, Tyler Howe, patented a spring bed. Their nephew, Elias Howe, Jr., may well have eclipsed them when he invented the lockstitch sewing machine.

Spencer Historical Commission


Town Hall

157 Main St. Spencer Mass. 01562

Office hours - Tuesday & Thursday 10 to 12 [Lower Level]

508 - 885-7500  - X186


Click Here

Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Spencer Historical Society

The mission of the Spencer Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and publish the town's history and to raise public awareness of its past.

Spencer Town Clerks Office 


Town Hall

157 Main St. Spencer Mass. 01562

508-885-7500 - X150

Town Clerk - Jean Mulhall


8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Official Municipal Website for the Town of Spencer, Massachusetts


Mary, Queen of the Rosary Church

46-60 Maple St.

Spencer Mass. 01562

508 885-3111


News update

First Congregational Church

205 Main St.

Spencer Mass. 01562

508- 885- 2149


Spencer United Methodist Church

161 Main St.

Spencer Mass. 01562

508 885-2929



Richard Sugden Library

Est. 1889

8 Pleasant St. Spencer Mass. 01562


TTY: 508-885-7521


Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Sq. Worc. Mass. 01608

508 799-1655


American Antiquarian Society

185 Salisbury St. Worc. Mass. 01607

508 755-5221


SAINT JOSEPH'S ABBEY at Spencer, Massachusetts

History of St. Joseph's Abbey


Friends of Spencer Old Cemetery 


Records of Spencer

Spencer Strays  Here

Marriage Records To 1785 click Here

Map of Spencer 1877 click Here

Ancient Plan of Spencer click Here

Surnames of Spencer click Here     "names added"

Soldiers of Spencer  click Here

Spencer Old Cemetery list of names click Here 

Letters click Here

1855 State Census - Spencer Irish  Here  

Spencer Vital Records Here

Links click Here  

 Spencer from its earliest settlement to the year 1841, including a brief sketch of Leicester to the year 1753 - Draper, James, 1776-1868

 Spencer from its earliest settlement to the year 1841, including a brief sketch of Leicester to the year 1753 - Draper, James,

"Genealogies, etc.": p. 159-272

Historical Sketches Relating to Spencer, Mass. (1901) Vol. 1,  Tower Henry

Historical Sketches Relating to Spencer, Mass. (1901) Vol. 2,  Tower Henry

Historical Sketches Relating to Spencer, Mass. (1901) Vol. 3,  Tower Henry

This page last updated Nov.. 29, 2010

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